Siemens Healthcare has received nine orders for its dual source CT Somatom Definition Flash, in five months of clinical availability, in the UK. The system, globally launched at RSNA 2008, is now operational in NHS and private healthcare institutions.

The company claims that the Definition Flash CT yields great opportunities for a range of imaging needs with top scanning speeds in less than half a heartbeat, plus new possibilities for imaging in the sub millisievert (mSv) range.

Low radiation dose delivers anatomical details at a faster speed. Rapid whole body scanning also makes the CT useful for emergency medicine and eliminates the need for sedation in anxious or paediatric patients, said the company.

Accordingly, the nine UK orders for its Definition Flash CT include East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

The others are the London Chest Hospital, part of Barts and The London NHS Trust, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which are the first two NHS institutions to install the Flash CT with Spire Bushey, the first private hospital to take delivery.

Russell Lodge, product manager of CT at Siemens Healthcare, said: “We are delighted at consistent, healthy demand for the Definition Flash. The breadth of orders for this unique system demonstrates its potential across the healthcare environment from research applications, advanced cardiac imaging to fast, routine scanning.